Lacrosse Suffers Loss at No. 2/2 North Carolina
Feb. 14, 2016
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Despite holding the No. 2/2 Tar Heels to just a pair of goals in the final fourth of the game, San Diego State lacrosse fell to the reigning National Champion runner-up North Carolina, 20-7, in a Sunday matinee at Fetzer Field.
The Aztecs fall to 0-2 in the early season, while North Carolina moves to 3-0.
Upon returning from the intermission, San Diego State was able to quell the onslaught and limited the Tar Heels to just six tallies in the final 30 minutes of the game.
Kristen Hickey, the Aztecs’ leading scorer to start 2016, netted her first of the game, and third of the season, 3:16 into the second half. Freshman Jill Haight added the Scarlet and Black’s third goal of the game nine minutes later.
Elizabeth Rourke notched her first of the season with 10:42 remaining in regulation, thanks to Hickey’s helper, and Hickey added her second of the game just over a minute-and-a-half later. Vickie Porter and Grace McGinty capped off the Aztecs’ scoring for the final 20-7 tally.
Starting her second consecutive contest, Katie Merritt made a career-high eight saves on 22 first half shots on goal by UNC. Katrina Reeves stopped six shots on 12 attempts in second half action.
North Carolina out-shot San Diego State in the match, 52-14, with Porter taking four of the Aztecs’ shots. UNC edged SDSU in draw controls, 23-7, and also scooped up 31 ground balls to San Diego State’s 15 ground balls. Nicole Lescano and Jacqueline Leibrandt caused a turnover each, while North Carolina caused 13 Aztec turnovers.
For their next contest, the Aztecs will return to the east coast on Sat., Feb. 27 for a 3 p.m. (ET) game at Saint Joseph’s. Said White, "Playing these out-of-conference games early shows us where we can clean up the things we struggle with. We'll have a lot to work on in the next week-and-a-half."